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RWU to Feast on Regional Harvest and New England Fish at Eat Local Challenge

September 18, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Tues., Sept. 23, Roger Williams University will celebrate its Annual Eat Local Challenge – a day on which the campus community comes together to sample farm-fresh foods at the outdoor farmer’s market and feast on regionally authentic dishes in the dining commons, all to celebrate the importance of environmentally responsible food sourcing.

For this year’s Eat Local Challenge, Executive Chef Reuben Haag and Chef de Cuisine Jon Cambra will highlight Rhode Island’s best with dishes – grilled New England swordfish kabobs, cornmeal cakes with late summer vegetable ratatouille, and a New England fish stew with squid, lobster, mussels, pollock and haddock, among other menu items. The dining commons will also feature a chilled raw bar with Jonah crab sliders, redfish ceviche, Poppasquash oysters and Narrangansett little neck clams. Beef sliders featuring fresh ingredients from Blackbird Farm in Smithfield and local sausages with grilled potatoes from Maple Wood Farms in Portsmouth will also be featured.

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National Exhibition on Lincoln's Legacy Kicks Off at RWU Next Week

September 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With a country divided over the issue of slavery and torn apart by civil war in the 1860s, Abraham Lincoln faced an extraordinary test as President of the United States. A national traveling exhibition coming to Roger Williams University will examine the difficult decisions that confronted President Lincoln – whether to adhere to executive constraints within the Constitution or flex his powers as Commander-in-Chief to ensure that America continued to live up to the ideals of liberty and equality for all.

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On the Rebound: Chris Herren Schools Freshmen on Substance Abuse

September 2, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Former NBA guard Chris Herren didn’t have to travel far to get to the Roger Williams University Recreation Center where he took the stage amid thunderous applause from more than 1,000 freshmen. But the Fall River, Mass., native and Portsmouth, R.I., resident’s journey was a much longer and far more tumultuous than the scenic drive over the Mount Hope Bridge.

As part of the Weeks of Welcome series that initiates new students into the RWU community, Herren came to the University by way of the Roger Williams HAWEs (Health and Wellness Educators) and The Herren Project – a nonprofit that educates about the dangers of substance abuse with a focus on treatment navigation, educational initiatives, mentoring and public awareness – to share what he calls, “my nightmare.”

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

35th Anniversary Celebration of Partnership with R.I. Blood Center

RWU hosted the very first blood drive by the R.I. Blood Center in 1979. Since then, RWU community members have donated over 10,000 pints of blood, ultimately saving over 30,000 lives. Celebrate 35 years of partnership between RWU and the R.I. Blood Center by joining a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the North Residence Hall First Floor Lounge. Refreshments will be served.

Then help continue RWU's tradition of service for another 35 years by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year! The blood drive will take place Monday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the North Residence Hall First Floor Lounge. Appointments can be made at https://www.ribcdonor.org/. Walk-ins are welcome.

Look for more special anniversary events through April 2015.

Blood Drive

In addition to today's blood drive, the Rhode Island Blood Center and RWU will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of its partnership — which has resulted in over 10,000 pints of blood donated by University community members, ultimately saving over 30,000 lives — with a variety of special events through April 2015. Celebrate 35 years of partnership by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year. 

Celebrate 35 years of partnership by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year. Appointment available at https://www.ribcdonor.org/. Walk-ins are welcome.

Look for more special anniversary events through April 2015.

Blood Drive

In addition to today's blood drive, the Rhode Island Blood Center and RWU will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its partnership — which has resulted in over 10,000 pints of blood donated by University community members — with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the North Residence Hall First Floor Lounge.

Celebrate 35 years of partnership that has contributed to saving over 30,000 lives by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year. Appointment available at https://www.ribcdonor.org/. Walk-ins are welcome.

Look for more special anniversary events through April 2015.

Tuesday’s ABC6 Gubernatorial Debate at RWU Postponed

September 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University learned today from WLNE-TV ABC6 that the Gubernatorial Debate scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Campus Recreation Center will be postponed until further notice due to a scheduling conflict.

While the hope is to find a new date in late September or early October that will allow the Roger Williams campus to serve as the venue for the debate and the live ABC6 broadcast, those details have not yet been confirmed. The university expects to share specifics on a potential rescheduled debate – along with complete details on the ticket reservation process – in the coming two weeks.

In summary: the Gubernatorial Debate will not take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16; more details on a possible rescheduled debate at Roger Williams will be provided soon.

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RWU Tops Another ‘Best College Dining’ List

September 12, 2014

 

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Popular food and lifestyle news site Thrillist has named Roger Williams University one of the "14 Best College Dining Halls in America," citing signature dishes and annual events such as the lobster and steak dinner and Thanksgiving feast for its ranking on the campus cuisine list.

Outside these hallmark menu items for which the University has become so well known, Thrillist also recognized RWU for its focus on healthy, creative culinary choices featuring local, sustainable ingredients from oysters to tautog chowder. For these delicious spreads in the RWU Dining Commons, the news site even suggests that parties outside the campus sneak their way in: “Consider pickpocketing a clueless freshman for their ID just so you can eat here.” There you have it, folks – food so good, it should be criminal.

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Screening of "Lincoln"

In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience -- end slavery or end the war.

Director Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln" (2012) dramatizes President Abraham Lincoln’s attempt to gain congressional approval for the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States and its territories.

James Tackach, a professor in the Department of English & Creative Writing, will provide a brief introduction to the film.